Monday, June 25, 2012


Etienne Aigner Showroom, NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

The Daily Duffle-$355
The Daily Crossbody (left)  $275-The Daily mini (right) $135

Eitienne Aigner ---the high-end handbag/carry-alls/accessories/jewelry label---continues the successful revamp of the brand---originally founded in the USA by Hungarian bookbinder, formerly Paris dwelling, Eitienne Aigner back in the 1950's...
The Daily-NS Tote $475

Preface II Dome Satchel (middle-burnished full grain cordovan red) $350...with The Daily Satchel (left, right) $395-in burnished full grain and large grain
Under the guidance of new creative Director, Daniela Anastassio Bardazzi, Aigner the label- showed some rather elegant, accessibly (sensibly) priced haulers---that we think will garner a lot of retail interest.

Page One -Python print leather trim-smooth napa leather or burnished full grain

Page One Clutch $215 -in mustard full grain, python print leather trim

First Edition Wallet -front-$165
Marker Tote $395

Marker Convertible Shoulder $375-smooth napa

Dewey Tote-workhorse of leather haulers $295-burnished full grain, large grain, and smooth napa versions available 

zipped closure---plenty of inner compartments

Dewey Tote-$295 with python print leather trim 

Page One Clutch $215-smooth napa -python print leather trim

silver hardware---nice detail of this Page One Tote $495
This Marker Weekend made of smooth napa leather-in black---is roomy enough for New Yorkers who haul their lives around...($495). There's also a smaller-satchel available ($285)...

Epic Stachel $295 burnished full grain

Daniela Anastassio Bardazzi ...joined us -as busy as she was ...

---and true to her working mom ethos...showed why the carry-alls she fashioned...are for 21st century multi-taskers ---such as herself...with multiple compartments, optional shoulder straps, magnetic closures and/or solid zippers, and inner/outer compartments sized for all our personal electronics, keys, subway passes, cosmetics...etc. 

Daniela Anastassio Bardazzi, Creative Director---talks about the need for versatile carry-alls ("schleppers")

optional shoulder straps...

hardware detail---in a horse bit shape

PLUS: High quality leathers, quality production, the classic hardware shapes with equestrian references- subtle, not blingy metal, exotic print leather trims, and durable canvas lining---all details that are true to the label's heritage...especially the iconic 'A' horse bit shaped closures/buckles.
shape and make of these handbag handles-very elegant, imo

Page One Shoulder-$350
Python print is an eye catching accent....adding a striking geometric band to versatile handbags, clutches and totes... plus accessories.
love the canvas linen lining

First Edition $165---wallets-are large ---with plenty of inner compartments in a sleek profile

textured leathers...clean modern design including this iPad holder-Paperback  smooth napa or lizard leather print-$165

yes, bags expand

metallic closures

camera bag---boxy shape is practical-top with double zip

wallets---roomy enough to work as clutches---nice gold trim---reminds us of old Fandi accessory we have

well lined...Page One group

From every angle-the Page One Crossbody (pictured below---$165...actually spacious---

iPad Case---

Marker Collection-$285-$495-refined, practical....classics

side compartments

Marker Satchel LOVE $285

Archival lookbooks-dating back to the company's 1950's origins...serve as inspiration for today's Aigner pieces.

Can carry these half century old handbags around today...

Classic vintage handbags----made from signature cordovan leather.

Vicuna Smooth Napa and Large Grain---Marker and Epic collections
Epic Satchel $295

optional shoulder strap...

zipped outer compartment-great for subway cards---we are always searching for.

Eitienne Aigner costume jewelry for the holidays---with leather and chain wrap bracelets, chokers, chain metal bracelets, rings and earrings---all paying homage to the Aigner craft.

multi-chain necklaces---with tassels

Year of the Dragon features of firecracker in red ---nice pop of color

Jewelry prices $35-$225

A new internet presence in August 2012...and we heard, a retail store--Eitienne Aigner-'s website is WIP.

ADDED PLUS: The NY Times obit on Eitienne Aigner...details what an amazing person he was-living ti the ripe old age of 95!